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11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300
Textbook Problem

Suppose you are driving a car at a high speed. Why should you avoid slamming on your brakes when you want to stop in the shortest possible distance? (Newer cars have antilock brakes that avoid this problem.)

To determine
The need to avoid the slamming of brakes while stopping the car.

Explanation

When the surfaces of two objects are in contact, friction forces oppose the relative lateral motion. When the object is at rest, static friction exists. The moment the object is in motion, kinetic friction takes over.

Static friction exists between the tire and the road...

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